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September 2012 Top 5 Android Tablets

Android tablets are currently dominating the tablets market, it is almost as if they are enjoying an exclusive dominance in the market.  The battle, however, is when it comes to fight for the market, this is where manufacturers are trying to outdo each other.  The competition is very healthy and has given rise to all sorts of tablets – cheap tablets and powerful tablets, small 5 inch phablets and large 10 inch laptop-like tablets.

The entry of Microsoft’s Surface tablets and the anticipated iPad mini by apple may shake the market a little but we cannot accurately predict what effect these tablets and mini-tablets will have on the performance of Android in the market.

This month, we have new tablets that have made it to the top of the list of the best Android tablets in the market.  Are you looking for the best?  Well, I hope that this September 2012 top 5 Android tablets will be helpful to you.

1. [easyazon-link asin=”B008J6VYUC” locale=”us”]Google Nexus 7[/easyazon-link]

The greatest selling point of Nexus 7 is its low price.  While the competition in the smartphone market is very stiff, Nexus 7 has maintained the top position (even in many other reviews) for weeks since it was unveiled.  It may miss a few things but when it comes to build quality and features, it tops the list.  With the hardware developed by Asus, Nexus 7 is a 7 incher to beat thanks to its power and performance.  This tablet is suitable for home, school and office use, whatever you want it to do, except, well, taking pictures and storing all your movies and music in it.

Pros: High quality hardware, NFC support, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, Bundled Google Play freebies, low price.

Cons: Unimpressive IPS display, limited storage, few apps, No rear camera.

Core Specs

Processor: 1.3 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3

Operating System: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Memory: 1 GB RAM, choice of 8 or 16 GB onboard

Display: 7 inch 1280×800 HD 216 ppi IPS screen

Cameras: 1.2 Megapixels front, no rear camera

Connectivity: NFC, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, microUSB

Battery: 4325 mAh
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2. [easyazon-link asin=”B008F4NL04″ locale=”us”]ASUS Transformer Infinity[/easyazon-link]

I remember when the Infinity came out earlier this year and after reading its core specs, I really wanted to get my hands on one.  The infinity tablet is a 10 inch gadget that sure was built to impress as it comes with all the mod-cons combined from other tablets in the transformer family.  With its 1920 X 1200 full HD display and a powerful 1.6 GHz Tegra 3 processor, you just have to envy the power of this tab.  I just wish that the Asus, a Taiwanese company making a name especially in the US market, equipped a 2GB RAM on this tablet as this is the only specification that does not complement its high performance.

Pros: Optional dock with physical QWERTY keyboard, very good battery, impressive processing speed and graphics.

Cons: Quite heavy, the keyboard is a little cramped, costly.

Core Specs

Processor: 1.6 GHz Quad core Tegra 3 with ULP GeForce GPU

Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (Upgradable to Jelly Bean soon)

Memory: 1 GB RAM, choice of 32 or 64 GB onboard memory, MicroSD card slot

Display: 10.1 inch 1920×1200 224 ppi Super IPS screen

Cameras: 8 Megapixels rear and 2 Megapixels front cameras

Connectivity: GPS, Full-Size USB on the dock, WiFi,

Battery: 25 Wh

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3. [easyazon-link asin=”B008RRAY68″ locale=”us”]Sony Xperia Tablet S[/easyazon-link]

Sony sure made a grand re-entry into the tablets market with the Xperia family of tablets.  Sony has not managed to establish a formidable presence in the American Android market yet but it is headed in the right direction if the Android smartphones and tablets are anything to go by.  This is a unique kind of tablet, with a 9.4 inch screen rather than the 7 inch or 10.1 inch we are used to but it has very impressive features and design.  The good thing is, the Xperia Tablets (yes, even the P) come with a wide range of add-on accessories to make the tablet perfect for whatever you want it for.

Pros: Quality, comfortable design, crisp display, good battery, storage expansion, universal remote, range of add-on accessories including keyboard and speakers.

Cons: WiFi is sluggish, slow wake up time, very high price, annoying port cover.

Core Specs

Processor: 1.3 GHz Quad core Nvidia Tegra 3 with ULP GeForce GPU

Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Memory: 1 GB RAM, option of 16, 32 and 64 GB onboard memory, microSD card slot

Display: 9.4 inch 1280×800 161 ppi IPS screen

Cameras: 8 Megapixels rear and 1 Megapixels front

Connectivity: WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth,

Battery: 6000 mAh

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4. [easyazon-link asin=”B008M4K5MY” locale=”us”]Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1[/easyazon-link]

Samsung outdid itself with this 10.1 inch tablet if you ask me.  This Android tablet may not have performed too well in the market after release but it definitely is one of the finest you can find in the market.  Although this tablet looks a lot different in design compared to other Galaxy tables and even runs on an Exynos processor, it has some great features and is designed for productivity more than entertainment although it certainly can serve both purposes perfectly.  It is also the only tablet to come with an S-Pen that makes it possible to make calls from via Bluetooth.  It is not the cheapest you can find but with the features, it certainly is a bargain;

Pros: Excellent battery, tons of great software, stylus support, solid hardware and add-on accessories.

Cons: Quite costly, limited screen resolution. Some proprietary applications are a bit clunky.

Core Specs

Processor: 1.4 GHz quad core Exynos with Mali 400MP GPU

Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Memory: 2 GB RAM, choice of 16, 32 and 64 GB onboard memory with MicroSD card slot

Display: 10.1 inch  1280×800 149 ppi LCD

Cameras: 5 Megapixels rear and 1.9 Megapixels front

Connectivity: 3G (optional), GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, Infra-Red, USB, USB Host port

Battery: 7000 mAh

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5. [easyazon-link asin=”B007P4YAPK” locale=”us”]ASUS Transformer TF300[/easyazon-link]

Asus is a popular name when it comes to Android tablets and it is because there is just a lot to love about the devices that they make.  There is even more to admire about the TF300 and better still, it comes for cheap.  With its superfast processor, and enough RAM to run very graphical games and the option to buy add-on accessories, you can transform this baby into anything you want.  This, therefore, makes this the perfect gadget for those who want something to use in the office, at school at home for entertainment or to play games.

Pros: Fancy eye-catching design, compelling apps suite, mobile keyboard, strong performance, great camera

Cons: A thick bezel (smudge-bezel), harsh unclear surround sound, dimmer screen

Core Specs

Processor: Quad core 1.2 GHz Tegra 3

Operating System:

Memory: 1 GB RAM with 16 or 32 GB onboard memory with microSD slot

Display: 10.1 inch 1280×800 149 ppi LCD Screen

Cameras: 8 Megapixels rear and 1.2 Megapixel front

Connectivity: WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth v3

Battery: 22Wh

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